"New Moon on Monday" as written by Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, Andy Taylor, John Taylor and Roger Andrew Taylor....
Shake up the picture the lizard mixture
With your dance on the eventide
You got me coming up with answers
All of which I deny

I said it again
But could I please rephrase it
Maybe I can catch a ride
I couldn't really put it much plainer
But I'll wait till you decide
Send me your warning siren
As if I could ever hide
Last time La Luna

[Chorus]

I light my torch and wave it for the
New moon on Monday
And a fire dance through the night
I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite
New moon on Monday
And a fire dance through the night
I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite

Breaking away with the beast of both worlds
A smile that you can't disguise
Every minute I keep finding
Clues that you leave behind
Save me from these reminders
As if I'd forget tonight
This time La Luna

New moon on Monday
And a fire dance through the night
(Fire dance through the night)
I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite
(I light my torch and wave it for the)
New moon on Monday
And a fire dance through the night
(Fire dance through the night)
I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite
(I light my torch and wave it for the)


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"New Moon on Monday" as written by Nick Rhodes, Simon Le Bon, Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Roger Andrew Taylor

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    General CommentI always thought this was about a guy trying to date an indecisive/shy girl, and I think the peppy, upbeat music and beat support this. Although I'm not sure what the music video does to support my theory...

    Shake up the picture the lizard mixture with your dance on the even tide = Try something new, other than this indecisive "dance on the even tide".

    You got me coming up with answers, all of which I deny = refers to the game of talking and flirting.

    I said it again but could I please re-phrase it
    Maybe I can catch a ride = him asking again to court her as he is saying, "hey maybe I can catch a ride?"

    I couldnt really put it much plainer
    But Ill wait till you decide = he's being very forward, he can't be anymore clear about wanting to date her but he has to wait for her to decide or say yes.

    Send me your warning siren
    As if I could ever hide = again referring to the uncertaintity and her warning siren being "I don't know if I'm ready to date..."

    I'm assuming the chorus just represents the emotions he's going through, he's anxious and nervous so he's saying it feels like he's lighting a torch and dancing, waiting for something to change (the new moon on monday).

    Breaking away from the beast of both worlds = again indecisiveness: beast of both worlds meaning you can't have it both ways, date me and not date me, you have to pick one.

    A smile that you can't disguise = he can tell she likes him because she can't hide her smile.

    Every minute I keep finding
    Clues that you leave behind.
    Save me from these reminders
    As if Id forget tonight = he keeps picking up subtle hints (clues) that she's interested in him, but he already knows that, so don't send him anymore clues, just make up your mind! (spare him the reminders).
    theMetatronon December 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh and of course I forgot:
    "I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite"
    Cold is symbolic with lonely or lacking her "warmth" She is the lonely satellite, she's alone and she's "orbitting" around him (like a satellite) as opposed to "landing" or being with him.
    theMetatronon December 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. No comments for it. Figures. The lack of DD fans is very distressing.
    neobomanon February 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOK...

    It doesn't get any more Duran Duran than "shake up the picture the lizard mixture". I mean, honestly, whaaa?

    Um...The video reminds me of a revolution, so, there you go.

    I read somewhere that they didn't like the video...Maybe it was that French guy. No soup for him.
    TheMunDialon April 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree that it is odd that no one posts on these Duran Duran songs... has there ever been a better group for having obscure lyrics that scream out for interpretation? Case in point this song. I have listened to DD since the early 80's, and 20 years later I was listening to this riddle of a song the other night and a new meaning came to me. This song MIGHT actually be a clever way of describing a guy's frustrations when his girl is having her (I'll try to say this delicately) monthly cycle? I spent the cold day with a lonely satellite could reference watching (ahem) pay TV? Aren't those cycles linked to lunar cycles? Maybe when he's saying New Moon on Monday that means that's when his girlfriend will be back in play, so to speak? And that's when he'll "firedance through the night" which I have no idea what the heck a firedance is but that could easily be sexual.
    FinbarOLordanon May 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTheMunDial's comment brings up an interesting effect I find only with Duran2 songs- I like most of us grew up first getting these songs from the videos, prior to hearing them on tape or the radio. Between that and being pretty young at the time, you would have never asked what they meant. You were "told" through the video. But we now know there's no reason why the video had to be directly linked to what the song was about. Think about Hungry Like The Wolf- the video was an Indiana Jones type adventure, but the song was probably just about desire for a girl!
    FinbarOLordanon May 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDespite when Simon Le Bon says I do think this song is about revolution and the end of communism in Eastern Europe.

    The lyrics:I light my torch and wave it for the...

    New moon on monday
    And a firedance through the night
    I stayed the cold day with a lonely satellite

    To me the new moon symbolizes change and a rebirth, and the firedance is a way to celebrate the change. Also the countries that made up the Soviet Union were called satellites.
    Luke007on May 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLuke007's comment is similar to what I've understood it to be about - which is the liberation of France from Nazi Germany. It can't really be (historically) about the end of Communism because those revoluations hadn't happened yet - but it is likely about political struggle in general.

    I researched the dates in Wikipedia of major victories and surrenders and matched that agains's NASA's moon phase directory and nothing comes up.

    "You got me coming up with answers; All of which I deny." - I interpret this to mean torture - false confessions. Ironically the Battle of Algiers with the French as the persecuters involved a lot torture and a lot of false testimony.

    "I said it again but could I please re-phrase it .. But I’ll wait till you decide." - Further suggestion that this is about torture and telling them what they want to hear.

    In the end, I wish they would publish a book for Duran Duran much like "The Songs That Saved Your Life" for The Smiths.
    capellaon August 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"With your dance on the eventide"

    The 'Eventide' is a vocal processor that was used on Simon's voice throughout this album. :oD
    eraser1604on February 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI like the Metatron's comments
    Sunsetpupon June 08, 2012   Link

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